Retrofitting public buildings: where public procurement and innovation have to shake hands
In recent years, the word “smart” has started rolling off the tongues and keyboards of policy makers in many areas of our global village. The building and construction sector is no stranger to this word as EU directives on energy efficiency specifically target the building stock old and new, under the heading “Smart Cities and Communities”.
Post date: 15 Dec 2017
The 3rd edition of the Roger Léron Award is over: the winner is known!
The 3rd edition of the Roger Léron Award has come to an end. The name of the winner, Ljubomir Majdandzic, was revealed on the evening of the 5th December 2017 during the ceremony at the Bip in Brussels.
Post date: 7 Dec 2017
Building renovation will provide a large share of energy savings required to comply with the Paris Agreement.
Article 7 is the key enabler for the uptake of renovation measures across Europe
A long-term framework gives Member States multiple options to achieve energy efficiency improvement
Article 7 needs to be ambitious, clear and focussed on end-use energy savings which benefit citizens and businesses whilst providing investor confidence.
Post date: 21 Nov 2017
The next edition of EU Green Week, with the theme ‘Green cities for a greener future’ will take place from 21 to 25 May 2018. Organised by the European Commission, the event will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
Post date: 20 Nov 2017
The Covenant of Mayors will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year with the 2020 milestone coming closer. The Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum will be held on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Brussels.
Post date: 9 Nov 2017
The Welsh Government EU Office and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will hold the 26th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in Brussels (Belgium) on the topic of innovative urban waste reduction strategies – the UrbanWINS approach.
Post date: 6 Nov 2017
Join DG Environment and the World Green Building Council to learn all about Level(s), the new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. As the Commission embarks on a two-year testing phase for Level(s), this webinar aims to introduce Level(s) to a wider audience.
The agenda for the webinar is
Post date: 2 Nov 2017
Registration Opens for Level(s) Testing Workshop
On 4 December, the European Commission is inviting key stakeholders in the construction sector to learn more about the testing phase for Level(s), a new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings.
Post date: 2 Nov 2017
Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" - 2018 calls will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels, in the European Commission's Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170. The event targets potential applicants to the 2018 calls for project proposals.
Post date: 30 Oct 2017
The energy renovation of 48 apartments in a social housing estate in Montignies-sur-Sambre (Belgium) forms part of the global neighbourhood rehabilitation project of "La cité du Centenaire" which is located in the city of Charleroi on the easterly periphieral. This housing estate was designed by the architect Victor Bourgeois in 1957 and was based on the model of a garden city, but over the last decades it had become impoverished and the natural landscape blighted.
Post date: 26 Oct 2017